Stone Town Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Stone Town

August 8, 2017 Milan Banda

Former palaces and Arab mansions along the twisting streets of Stone Town hint at a grander age for this port city on the western coast of Zanzibar. The Old Fort, built in the 1700s to fend off the Portuguese, now hosts local performances, a café and an art gallery. Overstuffed bazaars lend an air of nonstop bustle. Mafia Island Marine Park sits just offshore, a haven for snorkeling the local reefs. Day tours visit working plantations where the island's legendary spices are grown.
Things to do in Stone Town

1. Archipelago

Forodhani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi African, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +255 24 223 5668
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 346 reviews

Archipelago

Reviewed By jaredites1 - Cairo, Egypt

Terrific, no-frills, little place next to Tembo House hotel and near the water. Inside and outside Seating, a scuba shop is next door. My family and I had the rice, pizza, and fries....basically a kids meal:) Very good, reasonable prices, and friendly staff. Free wifi and bathrooms. Will go back again. Espresso was not excellent, but drinkable in a town where good espresso is hard to find.

2. The Silk Route

Shangani Street | Across from Forodhani park, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 9999, Tanzania Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +255 682 613 537
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 865 reviews

The Silk Route

Reviewed By binoedo - Brescia, Italy

Central. Probably a bit more expensive than the average, but a very good choice. The quality and variety is very good. The service fast. Suggested.

3. La Taverna

Creek Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$63 - HK$157 +255 776 650 301
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

La Taverna

La Taverna is a story of passion.The story of our family with three generations of cooking in our blood.<br>--------------------------------------------------<br>We&apos;ve come together to bring you the best of our family recipes from various regions of Italy: Tuscany, Milano, Roma & Napoli.<br>--------------------------------------------------<br>We create traditional, home-made pastas, pizzas, breads, & desserts - serving a wide variety of imported, cured Italian meats, cheeses & coffee drinks.<br>--------------------------------------------------<br>We take great pride in the quality of our ingredients.Many of our pasta&apos;s are home-made using a combination of recipes passed down from three generations of chefs.Most of our cured meats, cheeses and italian products are imported.All of our olive oil is extra-virgin, even in our cooking.<br>--------------------------------------------------<br>Open 11 to 11 - Closed Sundays

Reviewed By jaredites1 - Cairo, Egypt

Walked to Taverna through Stone Town, amazing alleys, and only took 15 minutes (easy to get lost). Taverna is on Creek Road, sitting about 10 meters back, a nit hard to see. We were immediately seated arriving at 7:00pm, only one table taken on Dec 26th. We decided to sit outside as there was a breeze. Service was excellent, fast, and friendly. The bread was delicious, the pasta a 10 and the pizza a 9. The Kilimanjaro beer is tasty too. In and out in 45 minutes, great for the hungry kids. Will go back in a couple days for sure.

4. Stone Town Cafe

Kenyatta Road | Shangani River, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$71 +255 778 373 737
Excellent
36%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 368 reviews

Stone Town Cafe

Open 8am to 10pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inside air-conditioned Seating, outside Seating. Intimate cafe serving big breakfasts, burgers, wraps, quiche, home-made cakes and great chocolate brownies. Real coffee brewed Arabic-style and herbal teas and juices.

Reviewed By MosseTurku - Turku, Finland

Stayed in the B&B in connection with the cafe, but ended also up eating in their excellent cafe. The breakfast was just great; avocado toast and banana pancakes that was served throughout the day, but we also returned here to have lunch several times as they really had a good and price worthy selection. The service was nice and very swift, which you can't find in many places in Zanzibar. This in spite of the fact that the place might be quite full the whole day. The second time we had lunch here we couldn't find a table for the whole group, but still we got place. They don't serve alcohol here, but you should try out their excellent fruit juices.

5. House of Spices

Kiponda street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 1912, Tanzania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pizza, Seafood, Grill, Wine Bar, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$63 - HK$118 +255 24 223 1264
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 568 reviews

House of Spices

Breezing terraces for both restaurant and bar, Mediterranean food, pizza, wine bar

Reviewed By darekostrowski - Sopot, Poland

Athmosfere like 200 years ago, fantastic, friendly stuff, good food . Hotel owned by Italian couple . You can feel like you are in the movieDear Guest Amazing review Shukran Hosue of Spices

6. Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe

1563/64 Mkunazini Street | Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +255 24 223 9319
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 776 reviews

Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe

Reviewed By Niobe B - Annecy, France

What a wonderful place to escape the heat and craze of the markets in Stone Town! The Zanzibar women who work here were friendly, colorful and smiling....and one was a great barista. Served with a nice selection of daily baked goods and other snacks, you can while away an hour or two easily here. Management was kind and attentive to be sure all our expectations were met. I suggested they find paper straws to replace the plastic ones served, like Emerson Spice and some of the other cafes who have started to be more eco friendly, and she immediately went online to find some to order. I hope they get them soon....every little way that plastic can be eliminated is good for this beautiful island surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Thank you Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe!

7. Lazuli

Shangani district | Latitude -6.163158 Longitude 39.187793, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night 7762666679
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 368 reviews

Lazuli

Lazuli is a small living room style restaurant in the Shangani district of Stone Town, serving modern Swahili lunches and dinners including selection of tasty sandwiches, chapatti wraps, salads, burgers, seafood and the best fresh fruit juices in town, always blended at the time of order using tropical fruits from around the island. Open everyday except Sunday.

Reviewed By WillemvP - Geldermalsen, The Netherlands

One of these simple restaurants with a surprising mixture of food. Really lovely, everything fresh. You should not be in a hurry. They need some preparation time. Awesome smoothies!

8. Emerson Spice

Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0000, Tanzania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards African, Seafood, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$118 - HK$353 +255 775 046 395
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 637 reviews

Emerson Spice

Emerson Spice have two Restaurants: The Rooftop Tea House Restaurant - The Seafood Based, Set Five Course &apos;Taste Safari&apos; Degustation Menu is prepared daily by our Zanzibari Chefs. The Sunset Hour is an integral part of the experience, so Diners are encouraged to arrive at any time after 5.30p.m. to enjoy a &apos;Sundowner&apos; before dinner, which is served at 7p.m. Reservations Recommended. The Secret Garden - set amidst lushly landscaped hidden &apos;Ruins&apos;, open to the skies, it has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countires Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.

Reviewed By Claudia O - Sao Paulo, SP

It’s on the Terrace of Emerson Spice hotel, on the 4th floor. The place it’s not exactly special but the 5 course dinner was really really good. Very interesting combinations, the menu changes every day.
The service is very good as well.
Reservation is required as it’s a small place.
I just don’t recommend for people that have issues to climb a lot of steps.

9. Lukmaan Restaurant

Mkunazini | Under the Baobab Tree, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments African, Seafood, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$16 - HK$141 +255 777 482 131
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 635 reviews

Lukmaan Restaurant

Lukmaan restaurant has been serving local cuisine to locals and tourists for over ten years now.Our new location under the Baobab Tree has become more favourite for its open air and live cooking enviroment.Welcome and enjoy the spiritual healthy eating under the Baobab Tree and you will get unique chance to see the real connection between human and the Baobab.

Reviewed By Mila_K_27 - Dusseldorf, Germany

Lukmaans works like a street food restaurant. The food is awesome and plenty. You can choose between sides, meat, fish, some currys and noodles. Each meal is mostly between 3.000 and 8.000 and you just order the combinations you want to eat. They also have a large and cheap smoothie bar!

10. Abyssinian Maritim Ethiopian Traditional Restaurant

Vuga Round about, Next to High Court, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 1682, Tanzania Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +255 772 940 556
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Abyssinian Maritim Ethiopian Traditional Restaurant

Reviewed By Matt_Sa_12 - White River, South Africa

Our family including 3 teenage girls loved the experience from the moment we sat down around the small table until we finished off the evening with Ethiopian coffee and teas. Fantastic fresh fruit juices served in large cocktail glasses; special bread /nan served with the meal on a large shared tray was so unique; we loved the incense that is burnt and refreshed throughout the evening. Our teenage girls loved the citrus tea with honey and orange pieces. Very unique experience and memorable meal from our time in Stone Town. Thank you!
Caution: Cash only and Book a table in advance

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